Hollywood Charm

Embrace old Hollywood style in this apron inspired by 1940 style.
This apron features a body made from 100% Japanese silk with an original pink bamboo pattern.

 

“This is the most original apron of this style that you will find anywhere. The heart shaped body is simply sweet, and is given a daring sexy accent with black French lace. Silky bottoms? Yes please! This apron/costume finishes to smooth and is lovely to wear.

Visit etsy.com to see the listing [here].

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How I became a model for my designer fashions 

I recently took some photos to model new apron designs for my Etsy shop. New designs mean new potential customers, and so fresh photos are integral to making sales and showing off product. Since I don’t have many people nearby who appeal to my target customer base to model for me, I must be my own model.

I don’t mind however, as I have recently learned that knowing how to operate your business from start to finish, and having experience with the day to day operation is often referred to as “full stack”. What that means for me is that I design the apron, draft the pattern, construct and finish each apron, model photos, complete photography and editing and also sell and ship to buyers.  I suppose one day I will need to delegate some of these duties to other people that I will need to hire; but, a huge asset will be for me to know how the task is done myself.

I have a basic mannequin to showcase my designs, but I think that a human model is a better at showcasing the “fit” of garments for many reasons. One particular reason is, unlike a mannequin the human body has more curves and is less perfect than a factory made representation. I think that it is important to capture this imperfection when it comes to sexy designs such as the ones in the LillyBoChic line. We have all seen Victoria Secret ads, so I think I can be different from that fake and unattainable ideal. 

Also, the head and arms are missing from my mannequin, so the ability for a potential buyer to imagine themselves in the item is diminished. I love the pose where a woman puts her hands on her hips and accentuates the hourglass shape we all know and love. My mannequin can’t do that. 

Taking photos of myself in my designs pose significant challenges. One of which is that I do not have a tripod capable of holding my only functioning camera (which is my smartphone currently). After hair and makeup, I undergo a tricky exercise of balancing my camera at an angle that captures a particular area (usually in front of a nice background in my house), and using the self-capture setting I take burst photos of myself that often turn out quite well. For the photos that do not turn out well, I use Photoshop to enhance and crop as needed- but never to augment particulars like size or shapes a la Kardashian fame.

It is not ideal, but so far I believe it has improved my online presence to have candid photos of a model (me) wearing my apron designs. I have posted these photos on Tumblr with links to my Etsy listings, and save the best shots for the Etsy listings themselves. Some of the best responses to my photos have also been from pinning on Pinterest (a program that I absolutely adore).

Stephanie models sexy apron
Modeling my designs
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Stephanie modeling designs in cream and white

Thank you for visiting!

-S

Trim, Bias Tape,and Ric Rac 

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While visiting my supplier, I saw this vibrant 100 percent cotton material. The patterns were to die for, so I decided to make 2 centimeter wide double folded bias tape; or  trim as it is also called.

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I made lots of bias tape. How much did I make, you ask? 4000 centimeters or 40 meters. 

Each package has 4 meters- a generous amount because double fold bias tape is normally sold in 2.75 meter packages.

Speaking of which, those packages usually have boring and plain colours. If your are a forward thinking designer, trim patterns with eye catching designs and colours can really take a project to the next level; and for some, that little extra pizzazz can be the difference between a customer that browses, and a customer that buys.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

A Colourful Tidal Wave

image.jpeg I want to capture the element of surprise.

I took to blending bright colours and gold to contrast texture, field size, and shape.

As always, the execution of this piece is something that I will need to properly position and tweak to my liking.

Did you know, that I never sign a piece until I feel that it is 100% complete? I suppose that would be the singular perfectionist trait that I hold.

(And yes, that is the only one)

thanks for stopping by,

-S

Golds, Blacks, Burgundy in acrylic on canvas

The marbled effect of this 12 X 24 piece is for me: almost breath taking.

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I say “almost” because I am an outspoken critic of myself, along with the fact that I am in full understanding of the fact that I am very near to achieving the style I am working toward, but have not arrived there yet.

In this piece, I gave used acrylic on canvas, with a strong emphasis on dark vs light (perhaps a thematic feature of most of my work?). Texture and relief are present.

Gold is splashed within the veins of the work, to represent redemption and I even used sparse bits of gold leaf as well.

 

Heaven’s Gate- Acrylic on Canvas Art

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Heaven’s Gate – 2016-12 x 6 inches

 

I wanted to feature this piece specifically because it incorporates lots of gold. I like it so much that I gave it a name;(something I have not made a habit of thus far). It is entitled “Heaven’s gate” as this was the first term that came to my mind when it was completed.

I used gold leaf, green and blue acrylic on this 12 x 6 inch canvas. The only qualm I have with this work is that it isn’t as large as it deserves to be (in my opinion). There is some limited relief and texture in this piece, and the blending is quite well executed.

I have not sold this piece yet, but even if it doesn’t sell I am happy to have it hand on my wall for as long as I am able to.

Thanks for stopping by,

-S

Statement Art and Home Decor

 

I created these as complimentary pieces using gold leaf. Each measures to be about 36 x 24 inches- quite large for acrylic on canvas. My goal was to create a glimpse into an underwater wold with dark colours blended into light yellows and gold.

I have hanged the two pieces in landscape orientation with the piece on the right above the piece on the left in my home: my hope is to create a statement wall of art that will act as a “conversation starter” in our dining area. I love interior design: especially when it is for my own home.

On the left
I like the use of violet (purple) as I rarely use this colour. It’s a colour that evokes deep emotion, and I find my eyes drawn to it when I behold this piece.
It’s very lovely.
The introduction of yellow at the top of this piece was a risk: I don’t actually love that hue of yellow as I feel that it contrasts too much with the violet colours (perhaps that is why I don’t often use violet as I find it difficult to compose colour schemes when it is involved).

On the right
I painted this piece first (before the one on the left). The colours are softer- much more somber than the hard contrast of the companion piece. There is much more gold leaf in this piece, and the dominant colours are grey and sky blue. I think this one captures the “underwater” theme more concretely.

I am looking forward to creating more pieces like this, and I think I am developing a distinct style for acrylics on canvas.

Thanks for stopping by,

 

-S